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The Most Common Culprits of Drain Clogs

Hair being pulled from a square shower drainAt JD Service Now, we’ve seen our fair share of clogged drains. While they may seem like minor inconveniences, drain clogs can lead to significant plumbing problems if not addressed promptly.

To help you prevent these nuisances, we’re here to shed light on the most common culprits of drain clogs.

Hair: The Shower Saboteur

Hair has a knack for finding its way into your drains. Over time, hair combines with soap and other particles to create a sticky obstruction. To avoid this issue, consider using a drain screen in your shower or bathtub.

Food Residue: The Kitchen Nightmare

Food clogging a garbage disposal in a sink.Kitchen sink clogs are frequently caused by food remnants, grease, and cooking oils. These substances can accumulate in your pipes, creating a barrier that water struggles to pass through.

To prevent kitchen sink clogs, avoid pouring grease down the drain and use your garbage disposal properly.

Soap Scum: The Bathtub Bandit

Soap, especially when combined with hard water, can leave behind a residue called soap scum. This residue gradually builds up on the walls of your pipes, making it more challenging for water to flow freely.

Regular drain cleaning and using drain screens can help.

Toilet Paper & Hygiene Products: The Bathroom Bane

Toilet paper is designed to dissolve in water, but some brands or excessive use can lead to clogs.

Hygiene products like wet wipes, tampons, and sanitary pads should never be flushed as they don’t break down easily and can block your toilet or main sewer line.

Foreign Objects: The Unexpected Invaders

Children are especially prone to experimenting with what can go down the drain. Toys, jewelry, and other small items may accidentally get into your plumbing, causing obstructions.

Tree Roots: Nature’s Intrusion

Tree roots clogging a pipe of a house.In outdoor drains or main sewer lines, tree roots can infiltrate and grow within the pipes, causing blockages and damage. Regular inspections can help detect root intrusion early.

Remember, if you’re dealing with a stubborn clog or need professional drain maintenance, JD Service Now is here to help.

Don’t wait until the issue becomes a plumbing emergency. Address it promptly, and you can enjoy hassle-free plumbing for years to come.

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